Author Archives: Howard Knowles

Pound for Pound Rankings – September 2017

With the retirement of Andre Ward, who’s the new number 1? Here are the P4P rankings for September 2017. 1) Gennady Golovkin 37-0-1 Draw 33 KOs In my eyes, GGG won his fight with Canelo in an exciting fight. Next Fight: TBD 2) Terence Crawford 32-0 23 KOs Crawford became the undisputed champ at Junior Welterweight in August & is now set to move up to the more competitive 147 Welterweight Division. Next Fight: TBD 3) Vasyl Lomachenko 9-1 7 KOs Loma made easy work with Marriaga in August, and will face his biggest test with Rigondeaux in December. Next ...

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2017 Boxing Retirements

In 2017, some of the best fighters of the 2000’s have decided to hang up the gloves. Here is a salute to the legends that are moving on. Juan Manuel Marquez Known as Dinamita (“Dynamite”), Marquez retires with a record of 56-7 with 40 KO’s, holding 9 titles in 4 divisions. Known for his great counter punching and his power, Marquez is in the category with the greatest Mexican fighters of all time. His epic battles with Manny Pacquiao will be remembered for years to come, and while he lost the overall trilogy with a record of 1 (win) -2(losses)-1 (draw) ...

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Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev

In his return fight coming off his impressive KO victory over Heavyweight legend Wladimir Klitschko, which was arguably the fight of the year, on October 28th, Heavyweight Champion Anthony  Joshua is scheduled to defend his world title belts against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. When tickets went on sale fans snapped up approximately 70,000 on the first day, according to Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn. The 27-year-old Joshua will be making his fourth title defense and will be looking to continue his quest to be not only boxing’s top heavyweight but as boxing top attraction. Joshua ...

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Vasyl Lomachenko vs Guillermo Rigondeaux

We have been treated to some big, big fights this year, but the best may be still to come; as pound-for-pound stars and former amateur greats, Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux are gearing up for their fascinating meeting. Confirmed for December 9th on ESPN, we will get a 130-pound showdown between two of the most decorated Amateur boxers in history. Lomachenko, who’s recognized as a top 5 Pound for Pound fighter will be facing his best challenge to date with Rigondeaux, who will be moving up in weight. There will be much on the line on December 9 when history ...

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Canelo vs GGG – Fight Review

In a fight billed as the ‘Fight of the year’, the action while not as explosive as we expected was there, the drama was there, but the decision took away from the overall impact from the fight, and as a result disrupted the action. In the early rounds Canelo looked more comfortable and was busier, while giving GGG a difficult target to find. In rounds four through nine, GGG became more comfortable and began to out box Canelo. Dictating the pace with his jab, cutting the ring off and landing his power shots against the ropes, it looked as if ...

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Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin – Fight Prediction

The Legend and Iconic wrestling and pop culture star Rick Flair has a saying that while has transcended the sports world in the past 30 years, it still remains relevant today, and that is “ To be the man, you’ve got to beat the man”. On one side, we have Canelo Alvarez.  A 27-year-old Phenom who is looking at becoming boxing’s biggest attraction in the post Mayweather and Pacquiao era, and is looking to beat the man standing in his way. On the other side, we have the 35-year-old middleweight king, Gennady Golovkin, looking for his moment to catch the ...

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Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin – Fight Preview

The Time for Talk is Over! Finally, the time to fight is near and it’s the time we’ve all been waiting for! Many times in boxing we let the hype overwhelm us, and as a result the action doesn’t live up to it leaving a bad taste in fans mouths. There are times like on September 16th where the hype is ok, because we are guaranteed a good pay out. Hagler vs Hearns, Ali vs Frasier, Pacquiao vs Marquez etc. In a year where we’ve seen many great fights, this fight on paper has the potential to be the biggest ...

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How great is Gennady Golovkin?

Gennady Golovkin aka GGG is a throwback fighter who has garnered comparisons to Marvin Hagler and even Mike Tyson. His destructive power, timing on his jab and his ability with his footwork to cut the ring off vaulted him to 23 straight knockouts before his UD win over Danny Jacobs this past March. A big question when it comes to GGG is his level of opposition. While he owns 3 of the 4 middleweight belts, some feel he hasn’t faced a big name opponent who has challenged him. In his defense, many fighters at middleweight have stayed far away from ...

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How great is Canelo Alvarez?

Being a Mexican fighter comes with a lot of pressure to live up to the historic fighters the country has produced. Chavez Sr, Morales, Barrera, Marquez etc. are all Mexican warriors who let their fists grant them the respect they deserve. Canelo Alvarez‘s mission is to be named amongst those Mexican greats, and at 27 years old he is heading down that path. Canelo has a great mix of hand speed, power and discipline in the ring to go along with his physical frame, resulting in a great resume on paper. His KO wins against Amir Khan, Liam Smith, and ...

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Mayweather vs McGregor – Who’s the winner…Them or us?

Non-sports fans always ask what draws us sports fans to a big event. What is interesting about the Olympics, Big Championship games, horse races etc? Along with the expected entertainment, drama, thrill and excitement are what brings us in to big events. But there is one thing that is key that bridges the disconnect between sports fans and non-sports fans, and that is the spectacle.  When two top teams finally meet, in a showdown for all of the marbles, the world tunes in because the hype surrounding it is that you are going to witness a display of excellence between ...

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